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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Reparations after World War II

Pierre d'Argent

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 May 2024

Subject(s):
Since World War II — Reparation — Armed forces — Occupation

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The reparations regime imagined after World War II stands in sharp contrast with the one established after World War I. Whereas the reparations clauses of the Treaty of Peace between the Allied and Associated Powers and Germany (Versailles Peace Treaty [1919]) and of the other Paris peace treaties of 1919 were marked by a high degree of legal elaboration resulting in a certain unity, the World War II reparations were distinctively characterized by pragmatism and diversity. The global regime of Versailles had proved to be a constant source of tension during the...
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